As part of the three part staff training series, this second exercise will help your staff be more successful by being comfortable and familiar with their camp environment. This activity not only works well to help orient staff with their new surroundings, but it also helps encourage staff morale and teamwork. In order for this activity to work, you and your returning staff need to be organized, engaging and excited.
Leadership Training Activity #2
- Start with a map of the camp and figure out which particular locations you would like your new staff members to learn about.
- Place one or two of your returning staff at each of these locations and have an activity for the participants to do at about 2/3 of the locations. Forexample, eat to the bottom of a bowl of cheerios without using their hands.The clue to the next location is hidden under the cheerios. Or have a group challenge set up that that they must overcome in order to get the next clue. The returning staff can help come up with these ideas as they will be running the stations.
- Split the new staff into groups and give each group a map with their first clue. Figure out a rotation so that each group is starting at a different location. Make sure you print out enough clues for each station so that there will be one per group.
- As you set up the scavenger hunt, keep in mind the amount of time youwill be allotting for the activity so that each group will be sure to hit all ofthe particular locations that you have chosen. Map the stations out in a sequence that makes sense.
- Provide costumes for the returning staff to make it more fun and wacky! Send the groups of new staff off on the scavenger hunt with a definite end time arranged.
- You can choose to have them collect things from each location, make it a race or just a scavenger hunt to get to know the camp.